A contemporary Romeo & Juliet love story in the harsh environment of the Roma suburbs of Bucharest.


Based on an autobiographical novel by journalist Adi Schiop, Soldiers. Story From Ferentari is an impressive feature film debut by Ivana Mladenovic. In this queer modern-day Romeo & Juliet tale of love and tenderness, the writer takes on the role of himself, acting for the first time. The tragic love story is set in the harsh Roma environment in the marginalised outskirts of Bucharest.

Based on the fictionalized biography of screenplay writer and lead actor Adrian Schiop, the film is set within the social borders of Bucharest’s impoverished Roma ghetto of Ferentari, where Adi, a thirty-something anthropologist, moves to begin his field research into manele pop music. Getting a feel for the local scene and searching for a guide, he meets Alberto, a portly and jovial Roma with a prison record and gambling habit. The two strike up a friendship that unexpectedly blossoms into amorous companionship. When their relationship, hidden away from discriminating eyes, eventually starts to falter, the realities of the ethnic and cultural power dynamics operating in their society are laid bare.

Neither exploitative nor didactic, Soldiers delivers a tender love story that discusses isolation, intimacy, and being at the mercy of a society too quick to ostracize.

TITRE ORIGINAL : Soldiers. Story From Ferentari
REALISE PAR: Ivana Mladenovic
ANNÉE : 2017
DUREE: 70′

23.01 I 19:00 – TICKETS


English & French

Cinema Galeries

8,5€ (+0,50 online)/ 6,5 / UGC Unlimited / Art27

▸ In the framework of the film programme  “Traditional Loves” of the  Festival Europalia Romania. Click on the image to discover the full programme taking place at Cinema Galeries.